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Author: Noam Chomsky Narrator: Brian Jones Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781427261762
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The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.

In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy—diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable—the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This new work from Chomsky shows why he is still among our most insightful public intellectuals. Here, he turns his attention to the US’s current place on the world stage and how it got there. The author pulls no punches while dismantling the mainstream narrative…A key theme in this work is that the stories Americans tell about themselves are precisely that: stories. Received wisdom and mainstream history conveniently ignore the hard-to-swallow stories of US support for dictators in the Middle East and Central and South America…It supplies no easy answers to the questions it raises…Nevertheless, these questions must be posed, and Chomsky does so with contagious fervor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chomsky positions himself not with his peers in service to the state but rather with those committed to a higher set of values, ‘the causes of freedom, justice, mercy, and peace’…Conversationally, with numerous historical references and his trademark mix of wit, sarcasm, invective, insight, and wrongheadedness, he identifies two principal threats, nuclear war and global warming, isolates for particular attention three geographic areas of widespread unrest and violence—Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Islamic world—and drubs our rulers for dismissing public opinion, ignoring the powerless, and placing their own interests and security over the people’s welfare…Chomsky continues to hope that demands for ‘independence, self-respect, and personal dignity may reappear’…but he doesn’t appear to be holding his breath.but he doesn’t appear to be holding his breath.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He is the author of over one hundred books on such topics as war, politics, dissent, and mass media, and his work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. His numerous bestselling political works have been translated into scores of languages worldwide. He is a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About the Narrator

Brian Jones is the senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and received his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.